Another Orwellian day at the UN

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Jerusalem Post
April 8, 2012

The cure was worse than disease, with Iran, Sudan, Zimbabwe and North Korea voted onto the HRC.

It has taken a while – since 1949, in fact, when novelist Eric Blair, better known by his pseudonym George Orwell, wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four – but the adjective which derives from his adopted name has become commonplace in the English language.

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The Apartheid Slur

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Jerusalem Post
March 22, 2012

Comparing Israel to South African system insults victims of apartheid regime.
University campuses around the world are in the throes of marking the so-called “Israel Apartheid Week.”

But just the briefest reflection on what apartheid really was will show why it is obscene that the apartheid descriptor has become the default position for the global delegitimization campaign against Israel.

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Israel: it’s not black and white

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
March 1, 2012

I WENT to boarding school in apartheid Rhodesia and edited newspapers and wrote books under the constraints of South Africa’s apartheid system. This week is the so-called “Israel Apartheid Week” on university campuses in Australia, so it bears reflecting on what apartheid really meant and why it is obscene that the apartheid descriptor has become the default position for the global delegitimisation campaign against Israel.

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BDS: To protest or not to protest?

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Australian Jewish News
July 29, 2011

 

THERE is a cryptic Hebrew expression which conveys a great deal in two words – derech eretz.

Translated as “the way of the land”, it derives from Ethics of The Fathers and means one should deal wisely with one’s neighbours and be judicious in the way one conducts one’s business. And there is an English expression, less cryptic but equally compelling: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

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Mixed messages

BY VIC ALHADEFF

ABC
February 6, 2009

When the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 1945, it made some chilling discoveries.

It discovered the ruins of blown-up gas chambers and crematoria, which Heinrich Himmler had ordered destroyed days earlier in order to conceal evidence of the grotesque crimes which the Nazis had committed there.

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A legitimate right to self-defence

BY VIC ALHADEFF

Sydney Morning Herald
January 8, 2009

Imagine if an offshore terrorist organisation starts firing rockets at towns in northern Australia, aimed at killing and terrorising as many civilians as possible. Australia offers a truce, but the offer is rejected. How long would we expect our Government to wait before using force to defend its citizens? Imagine that Australian forces attack the terrorists. Most of the casualties are operatives, but there are civilian casualties.

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